Tooth implants are considered the optimal dental replacement solution especially when only a single tooth needs to be replaced. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
Advantages of dental implant over bridge option:
Traditionally, fixed bridge was considered best dental replacement option for single tooth. In this type of restoration three false teeth attached together and the middle tooth would bridge the gap. The technical was successful but had many limitations compare with dental implants.
Reduced bone loss: If you lose a tooth, the bone around this area will slowly deteriorate, which can have an impact on the shape of your jaw. Dental implants substitute the root of your natural tooth, help the bone grow and prevent loss of bone structure.
Improved function: Dental implants restore the chewing function and allow you to eat food with comfort and no pain.
Neighbouring teeth stay intact: Bridge dental implant replacements require grinding of healthy teeth to support the cemented bridge. With dental implants the healthy adjacent tooth does not need to be ground down. The dental implant is an element independent from the rest of the teeth.
Improved dental hygiene: With a fixed bridge cleaning is not as easy as three teeth are connected together Special cleaning gadgets are needed for maintaining gums and teeth. But a dental implant, like your natural teeth, need just regular brushing, flossing and dental hygiene visits.
Improved appearance: Dental implants look just like your natural teeth. Gum can recede around a bridge exposing the metal base of the crown. Dental implant has much better cosmetic results.
Single Dental Implant Procedure:
Step 1: The need to replace a missing tooth could be the result of an accident or because there was no predisposition for a tooth at birth.
Step 2: Dentist makes a small incision to access the jawbone. Dentist will then drill a small hole and insert the implant, which is like a screw. The incision is closed, and 3 – 6 months is given for the bone and implant to bond together. This process is called “osseointegration”. During this period, your dentist will prepare temporary tooth replacements that are purely cosmetic.
Step 3: After the healing period, the gum is lifted and the abutment, which is metal post, is attached to the dental implant. A temporary crown is placed on top of that.
Step 4: Four to six week later, when the gum has healed, a final crown is placed on the abutment, fitting perfectly to the edges of the gum. The new tooth is now complete and it is virtually impossible to see the difference between the existing teeth and the new tooth.
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